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Preview: OS X 10.10 Yosemite vs. Ubuntu Linux GPU Performance

Michael Larabel

Published on 24 August 2014
Written by Michael Larabel
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At the request of many Phoronix readers, here's our first tests of Apple's OS X 10.10 "Yosemite" operating system as we see how the OpenGL performance compares between it and Ubuntu Linux with an updated kernel and Mesa.

With OS X Yosemite still being in development stages, our testing of it is limited and will have out many benchmarks upon its official release, but for those that have been really curious, I ran some quick Intel graphics tests.

The weekend testing was done from a mid-2011 Apple Mac Mini with an Intel Core i5 Sandy Bridge processor sporting HD Graphics 3000. The same system was used for the OS X and Linux testing with these benchmarks building upon the recent Intel's Latest Linux Graphics Code Competes Against OS X 10.9 results.

The test configurations shown in this article include:

- OS X 10.9.4 as the latest official Apple OS X release at the time of testing.

- OS X Yosemite Beta 2 as the latest OS X 10.10 development release.

- Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS with all available stable release updates.

- Ubuntu 14.04.1 with enabling the Oibaf PPA for the updated user-space driver support (namely Mesa 10.3-devel) and then upgrading to the Linux 3.17 Git kernel.

All of this OS X and Linux benchmarking was carried out via the open-source, cross-platform Phoronix Test Suite.

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